Hiring qualified contractors is the key to successful renovation projects and saving your sanity.
With the slew of networks and websites dedicated to DIY projects – thank you HGTV and Pinterest – it’s tempting for homeowners to want to tackle renovations themselves. After all, Mike Holmes and the Ottawa Home renovation show make it look easy, so why not? But, therein lies the point. Holmes is a professional contractor, not someone who slipped on overalls and magically became a renovation superhero. And, the Ottawa Home Renovation show isn’t a place to meet DIYers, it’s a one-stop shop for homebuyers to meet Ottawa renovation experts who will help you get the job done right.
So if you’re struggling to decide whether or not hiring a professional contractor is the way to go, here are a few reasons why you should opt for a pro.
Drywall and pipes and tiling! Oh, my!
Professional contractors have the skills needed to pull off even the trickiest kitchen and bathroom renovations. Also, their knowledge will guarantee that the work won’t need to be torn out in a few months. Choosing the right drywall (moisture resistant anyone?), replacing outdated piping or fixtures, using the right grout for your new shower or kitchen floor; depending on how extensive the project is, they will know what needs to be done to achieve the desired result.
Careful not to get your wires crossed.
When referring to electrical work, there is a saying amongst plumbers that goes like this: you’ve never heard of a drowned plumber, have you? But we have heard some frightening, even fatal, stories of unqualified people tackling even the simplest electrical work. The pros know that even in a bathroom or kitchen renovation, you need a qualified electrician who will do the job in compliance with current Ontario safety regulations and get the job done.
All hail the Building Code!
Qualified Ottawa renovation experts are knowledgeable about the Ontario Building Code, By-Laws, and permits. These are all things that you will be thankful for when it comes time to insure or sell your home. To make sure that you are hiring someone who is qualified, it is crucial that you do an extensive background check on qualifications and referrals when hiring a pro. This research will undoubtedly pay off, the work will be done correctly and you will have no issues getting the proper insurance coverage for your home.
The expression destroy to rebuild pretty much sums up the concept of renovations and to do so, you need professionals to ensure that the work will be done safely and correctly. There are many projects where homeowners can hone their DIY skills, like painting the walls or refurbishing a chair, but major bathroom and kitchen renovations aren’t one of them.